Lauren Smith & Chris Holton Jablonski

Welcome to the
Active Retirement Association

ARA - Expanding Your World

Currently Serving the Greater Seacoast Regions of NH and Maine

Upcoming Events


  • Monday, February 8, General Meeting Cancelled

    The General Meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today, February 8, is being cancelled due to the snowy/hazardous weather conditions expected in our area. Your safety is our main concern. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for periods of snow that may cause travel difficulties including limited visibility.

    If you know of an ARA member who does not receive email notifications, please give them a call to let them know about the cancellation.

  • Condolences to the Family of Sam Hagner

    It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the loss of our dear friend, and long-time ARA member, Sam Hagner.  Sam passed away at his home at Brookdale at Spruce Woods on February 1. 

    Click here to read Sam's full obituary.

  • Condolences to the Family of David Draves

    We are sad to share the news of the passing of  our friend David Draves.  Dave passed away peacefully on January 23.   Dave Joined the ARA in 1993.  Beginning in Term D of 2000 with a program entitled "Projectionist's Choice" described as "Great Films from the Silent Era of the Silver Screen" through  2014 with his "At the ARA Bijou" program, David brought hours of enjoyment to program participants by sharing his love and knowledge of silent and foreign films.   In May 2015, President Bob Hylen presented a proclamation to Dave in honor of his years of service to the ARA, and officially renaming the film series the "David Draves Memorial Film Series".  The film series continues in upcoming Terms C and D with George Whitehead Coordinating.

    Click to Read Complete Obituary.

    Click to Read Proclamation.

  • Free Fitness Class Begins 1/26

    The Fitness POD is offering 4 weeks of exercise, 8 classes, FOR FREE beginning 1/26 and concluding 2/18.

    The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursday's in the Durham Recreation Center, the historic red brick building next to Irving Gas on Route 108. Class is from 7:30 to 8:15.  Now is a good time to try it out and begin to fulfill your New Year's resolution of getting more exercise.

    You may find it difficult to get up and out in the dark and cold, but do it just a few times and it will become routine. We look forward to seeing you.

  • PODS! Updates

    Don't forget, most PODs continue during the break, so take a look at what's available and join in.  It's a great way to keep in touch with your ARA friends and , of course, to meet some new ones!  

    Don't know much about PODS (Programs on Demand) but want to learn more  or perhaps become a POD person?   Do you have an idea for a special interest POD?  Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating?  Click here for more information.